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Recommendations: Good coding music?

Asked by Perchik (4982points) July 19th, 2007

While I'm writing code for applications I can't seem to find music that keeps me focused on the code. I want something that gives me the energy to get through a hardcore coding session (One application in 24 hours lol) A lot of energy but still good music. I know theres a bunch of programmers here, but this can apply to anyone, artists or whatever. What's good music for working on some kind of project?

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mirza's avatar

Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Dloyd, AIR, Led Zeppelin II and so on

Tennis5tar's avatar

I don't do coding... but in my opinion, you can't beat Queen. That'd keep me up and focussed. Also try Hard-Fi, Maximo Park, The Klaxons or CSS.

Perchik's avatar

CSS? Never heard of em...but it would be fitting to listen to CSS while coding a css style sheet :D

travistotz's avatar

As a designer, I enjoy listening to music that keeps me focused as well, but usually I try listening to things that are instrumental. Don't laugh, but I find the soundtracks to "Samurai Champloo" extremely great when designing or creating. Give it try, you can find them here - http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Champloo-Departure/dp/B000G8BGSQ/ref=pd_bbs_sr_9/002-0355933-9502471?ie=UTF8&s;=music&qid;=1184872485&sr;=8-9 - The music is energetic, while relaxing, and keeps me focused; it has a weird hip-hop beat feel, with classic japanese musical influences.

Tennis5tar's avatar

CSS is short for Cansei De Ser Sexy (Brazillian for "I'm tired of being so sexy" HaHa). It's listed as Alternative & Punk on iTunes. It's up-beat and has quite amusing lyrics. Try and listen to Meeting Paris Hilton if you can! ;)

glial's avatar

Pantera works for me.

occ's avatar

I know a very talented coder who listens to the soundtrack from Les Miserables on top volume while he's working. No joke.

ChosenOne's avatar

I usually prefer instrumental or foreign music, where the lyrics aren't a distraction. CSS might be good for coding a stylesheet :), but the lyrics tend to make me lose focus of whatever I'm doing (and turn beet-red, blushing). How about some jazz (get some properbox anthologies, 4cd/$25) or even some hardcore Boredoms, Melt Banana, OOIOO or John Zorn (i.e. the artsy-fartsy side of Pantera et al, if you're less of a metal person and more indie/experimental)?

segdeha's avatar

I have a playlist in iTunes called "Tunes by which to code". If you were on the local network, I'd share it with you. ;^) Personally, I find Modest Mouse great music to code by, but it's a hard question to answer without knowing your tastes in music.

mistermister's avatar

I'm not writing code, but I am working on a tedious analog animation frame by frame, and music is always essential. i tend to make a playlist and the put it on shuffle so that i am kept guessing. on that playlist would be a lot of Le Tigre, some Amy Whinehouse, a little Hawksley Workman...and then some 80's stuff, because its nice when music makes you smile after you've been drawing essentially the same image for 5 hours. You can't beat "Dancing on the Ceiling" at 3am.

girlfriday's avatar

break beat or glitch--without question: few words, high energy, encourages productivity, positive emotions, creativity and focus.

antimattar's avatar

I was weeks away from finishing a job when caffeine quit working. I lucked onto the BlueMan group album _the Complex_
give it a try especially after 2am

mirza's avatar

heres my actual iPod playlist names "Me.CodingFun.Playlist=NotFun"
http://img519.imageshack.us/my.php?image=meplaylistlabelur2.jpg

edmartin101's avatar

I personally like this music by Kenny G, it’s basically Modern Jazz. It allows me to have a good time while editing graphics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ_O7Od74Ec&NR=1

semisphere's avatar

Essential Yello and Autechre: Amber are two of my favs.

dland's avatar

Depends on your taste, and whether you’re in the middle of a deep coding problem, or just cruisin’ through easy stuff… Mostly, it either has to be so familiar or so unfamiliar that it doesn’t distract me.

I have unusually eclectic taste, so you might find me coding to anything from Kitka (a Bay Area womens vocal ensemble specializing in Eastern European/Mediterranean music) to Sigur Ròs to classical to ambient to almost any flavor of techno from breakbeats to chill.

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